Retired United States Air Force General to join Inmarsat Board

20 March 2014: Inmarsat has announced that General C. Robert Kehler, United States Air Force (Retired), has been appointed as a non-executive board member.

General Kehler retired in January this year following a 38-year air force career, and will be taking up his new post with Inmarsat on 6 May, when he will also become a member of the remuneration committee.

“I’m delighted that General Kehler has agreed to join Inmarsat’s board,” said Andrew Sukawaty, Inmarsat’s Executive Chairman.

Strategic experience

“We are especially pleased that with the recent retirement of Retired Admiral James Ellis Jnr, we were able to appoint someone to the Board who will provide a continuity of similar experience.

“General Kehler has a huge breadth of knowledge that will benefit us and our decision-making and I look forward to welcoming him to the Board.”

General Kehler’s career included serving as Commander, US Strategic Command from January 2011 to November 2013.

Space operations

During this time he was directly responsible to the US President and Secretary of Defence for the plans and operations of all US forces conducting strategic deterrence, and Department of Defence space and cyberspace operations.

Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander, Air Force Space Command where he was in charge of the development, acquisition and operation of the air force’s space and missile systems.

Overseeing a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, General Kehler ensured the combat readiness of America’s intercontinental ballistic missile force.